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Cyndi MacMillan is a well-rounded writer who embraces many genres and forms. Her work has been published in local newspapers and has won contests. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing publication within their glossy covers.

Verse is both magnetic and kinetic. She attempts - madly- to give equal attention to her poetry, short stories, and a novel-in-progress, the Trim of Wicks.  Regardless of genre, she focuses on language. One word has the power to repel or pull. She never forgets the reader and does her best to make their ride interesting.

Poetry soup is a good forum which enables people from around the world to share poetry. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for friends to meet.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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NEW CONTEST....SEASON OF LIGHTS, DELIGHTS, ENLIGHTENMENT: THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY


Blog Posted:11/12/2012 9:31:00 PM

MY NEW CONTEST IS BOTH FOR THE SPIRITUAL AND SECULAR!

First, I would like to ask that all those that enter this PARTICULAR contest read this to its entirety. Especially THE ABOUT THE JUDGING.

I’d like us to celebrate our diversity here on the Soup with a contest.




Both those with and without faith will soon be celebrating light, delights and/or enlightenment, however that is perceived. The following months will be filled with fireworks, food and festivities, wondrous harmony and the unifying joy of possibility.



So pick a holiday/significant day that signifies light, is filled with delights or focuses on enlightenment during the late fall/winter season:

Chinese New Year


Christmas


Bodhi Day


Diwali


Eid al-Adha


Hanukah


Kwanza


Winter Solstice


Yuletide




If you are atheist or humanist or simply do not wish to write about any of the above please feel free to submit a poem about:

Freethinkers Day

Human Rights Day

International Solidarity Day

Global Family Day

World Peace Day

World Wide Candle lighting Day




It is up to you to research this day!

I ask that no one malign another belief within their poems.


Now, the form... I pick.... drum roll..... a modified Kyrielle.

The kyrielle is written in quatrains with a rhyme scheme of aabB ccbB ddbB eebB ... etc. B is a repeating line. You may write 4 – 8 quatrains for this contest. Now, usually a kyrielle a poem of prayer that has a repeating line such as “Lord, have mercy” I am asking you to instead write a kyrielle that has a repeating line or altered repeating line that speaks of your experience/memories of your chosen holiday/ holy day. As long as the last word of the forth line of each quatrain is the same.

If you wish to keep it as a prayer for peace, hope, joy, you may do so.

I would like you to take this where you wish. It can focus on one aspect of the celebration. It can be sad, funny, light, deep, nostalgic or hopeful. It can be a personal tradition or a longing for what never was.

So, here is an example of what I’m looking for:

O Tannebaum at the Christkindl Market
By Cyndi MacMillan


The Christkindl market is filled
with dazed shoppers and the good willed,
sipping cider, a fragrant balm
for those toasting the Tannebaum.

Schnitzel, pfeffernusse, strudel,
Sausages, hot buttered noodles,
dutch treats, chocolate from Belgium,
each savored near the Tannenbaum.

Organ grinders and bell ringers,
Alpine dancers, German singers,
chilled voices join, some only hum
close to the greens of Tannebaum.

Mary waves from a real manger,
smiles pass from stranger to stranger,
far from holy lands, sand and palms,
we praise the gift of Tannenbaum.

Christkind has come, God’s only boy,
He brings to all love, hope and joy,
we hold hands, embrace the sweet calm
then softly sing O Tannenbaum.




GUIDELINES

1) Write a 4-8 verse MODIFIED Kyrielle

2) Here’s what I’m really looking for: language, flow and style. A few devices (contrast, enjambment or unique metaphors) . Non-forced rhyme — use slant/off if it fits better and helps to avoid the overdone rhyme. ONLY A SELECT FEW ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS USED. No needless modifiers remain, but the poem contains the ones required for syntax and legibility. VERBS DAZZLE. NOUNS ARE SUPERB. Clichés? None! The poem speaks from the heart, is personal and REAL. THERE ARE EMOTIONS IN THE LINES. The poem has a beginning, a middle and an ending, it moves forward. IT ENDS STRONGLY. Nothing tossed me out of the poem, no word seems out of place. I love poems and if it speaks to my heart than OF COURSE it will still place. But to garnish the top spots, it must ALSO make me think as a poet, “I WANT TO WRITE LIKE THAT!”

4) Feel free to soupie/comment me with any questions. I’m always happy to help!

5) Hope I didn’t scare you off! I do want you to have fun! And those who have entered my contest before know that if I see even a hint of effort, you will receive a placement!

6) Please, once the contest is closed, read my blog. I highlight what made the winning poems special in my eyes. There will be multiple placements.

ABOUT THE JUDGING ( PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THIS)

TRUST
will play a large role in this contest. You will need to trust me that I will give equal attention and judge based on poetic content, devices, style and flow. I will need to trust that those who enter my contest will know me well enough that they will see that I take the craft of poetry seriously and that I will not be accused of faith-favoritism. Some may say that I’m looney-tunes to even think of having such an open and broad spectrum contest. Hey, I think we can do this! Really!


HAVE FUN! WOW ME!


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  1. Date: 11/14/2012 6:02:00 AM
    Hello, Cyndi. I dont like Kyrielle...but I love all your rules and advices! : ) It sounds very challenging ...if I have time...just if i have time... : )

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  1. Date: 11/13/2012 9:45:00 AM
    Hi Joann :) they really aren't rules, per say. I have provided info on what gets the top spots. I want to ensure that everyone is aware of what really gets the top billing, so that all is fair across the board. It may be more difficult for some of the poets on Soup who do not have English as a first language to have flow, for example... but I hope that all the friends and teachers out there will give them feedback for their entrees in this contest. Hugs, Cyndi

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  1. Date: 11/13/2012 9:05:00 AM
    this sounds like a wonderful contest, and I will really TRY to keep those beloved adjectives of mine, to a minimum. Hugs, catie :)

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  1. Date: 11/13/2012 8:36:00 AM
    Some serious rules, but certainly doable. There is a poetry form called Kwanza - seven lines of seven syllables.

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 11/13/2012 9:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That sounds like fun! why not do a contest on it? really! I have something wonderful in mind already! hugs, catie :)

My Past Blog Posts

 
MEMORIAL TRIBUTE ON THE CONTEST PAGE: A WORD COLLAGE FOR CHAN. PLEASE, Take up the challenge. <3
Date Posted: 11/10/2014 9:30:00 AM
A LOVE-IN & WAKE FOR CHAN. ALL SOUPERS WELCOME. PLEASE ADD SOMETHING.
Date Posted: 11/9/2014 10:03:00 AM
WORDS THAT HAVE MADE POETRY'S MOST NOT WANTED LIST
Date Posted: 11/7/2014 7:57:00 PM
Terrorist attack at Parliament. Ottawa, our national capital, is on lockdown.
Date Posted: 10/22/2014 11:59:00 AM
PUBLICATION ETIQUETTE, TWO IMPORTANT THINGS
Date Posted: 10/16/2014 5:28:00 AM
****EDIT******POETRY AS LITERATURE AND AS SELF-EXPRESSION. YOU DON'T NEED TO CHOOSE.
Date Posted: 10/6/2014 11:58:00 AM
ANOTHER WOWSER. TRULY BEAUTIFUL. COME IN FOR A CHAT.
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 9:39:00 PM
A ROMANTIC POEM I THINK MOST WILL LOVE, COMMON GROUND, COME TAKE A PEEK
Date Posted: 9/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
How I judge Contests by Cyndi MacMillan
Date Posted: 9/10/2014 9:58:00 PM
A RESPONSE FROM MAUREEN HYNES
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 8:54:00 PM
MAUREEN SAYS SHE LOVES MY RESPONSE
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 10:25:00 AM
READING POEMS LIKE A POET, INCLUDES AN ANALYSIS
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 6:23:00 PM
PUNK TUATION IN POETRY
Date Posted: 9/4/2014 9:39:00 PM
Grammar and poetry: a Fiction Writer’s Oddball View
Date Posted: 9/2/2014 10:52:00 AM
GREAT ARTICLE ON FIGURATIVE WRITING
Date Posted: 8/22/2014 10:47:00 AM
THIS IS POETIC PROSE
Date Posted: 8/20/2014 9:28:00 AM
GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
NEW CONTEST
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 5:19:00 AM
LEATHERBACK BOY
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
MINDING MANNERS
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
THE CLEARING, WORD PAIRINGS, COLLABORATIVE WORK
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:21:00 PM
WORD PAIRINGS. BUILDING POEMS.
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM

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10/15/2014 DARK ANGELS OF HIGHGATE Sestinafuneral,psychological,sad
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9/2/2014 cummings and i Versepoetry,word play,
8/25/2014 LIFE WILL BE A HONEYMOON Lyricparadise,passion,romantic
8/25/2014 HOSTEL, QUEBEC CITY, 1978 Free versehistory,places,
8/21/2014 DEGREES Sonnetbooks,sensual,words,
7/17/2014 CRADLED Trioletbaby,love,
6/7/2014 TORRENT Sonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/21/2014 LA MARQUISE Free versepsychological,
4/8/2014 ROOTS Free versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014 GINGHAM AND LACE, A BLITZ POEM Versedaughter,love,
4/4/2014 NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZ Verseart,imagination,lost love
3/24/2014 50 GODS Free versegod,peace,philosophy,
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2/3/2014 SUMMERLAND Sonnetfriend,music,places,poetr
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1/29/2014 DIVINE STEEPLES Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/28/2014 SNIPPETS Sonnetfilm,friend,poetry,
1/27/2014 NEW-DALI Sonnetart,friend,poetry,time,
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1/23/2014 FIREWORKS Sonnetfriend,heaven,life,metaph
1/22/2014 UNREHEARSED Sonnetart,friend,love,
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1/20/2014 CHANTRY Sonnetlight,memory,places,
1/20/2014 SUNCATCHER Sonnet 
1/17/2014 HAT MAN Sonnetfriendship,poetry,
1/14/2014 FANFARE Sonnetbooks,friend,imagination,
1/14/2014 MY HEART BELONGS TO MONTREAL Iambic Pentameterheart,places,
1/13/2014 AN EDUCATED MAN Free verseeducation,life,truth,wisd
1/9/2014 SPICY Sonnetfood,passion,
1/6/2014 THE STAND Prosetruth,
1/4/2014 WOMAN, I BE I do not know?life,
12/19/2013 EXPLORING THE BASEMENT Free verseabuse,childhood,courage,
12/12/2013 LET ME INFLAME: A POET'S PRAYER Versepassion,poetry,
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12/3/2013 LA VIE EN ROSE Light Poetrycharacter,imagination,
12/2/2013 OPENING A POET'S VEIN, WORDS, Versewriting,
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8/23/2013 UNMASKED Pantoumdance,desire,fantasy,
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7/24/2013 PIMPED Free versechildren,lust,society,
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5/22/2013 ALL FALL DOWN Sestinadeath,history,london,
5/18/2013 POETRY Free versepoetry,
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4/28/2013 WOMEN Free versefriendship,gender,
4/26/2013 SYLVIA Crown of Sonnetslife,poets,writing,
4/20/2013 THE POET'S CREED Free versepoetry,world,writing,
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PoemTitleFormCategories
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little Toes Rhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland Rhapsody Quatraininspirational
Contradicting Keats Sonnetintrospection,life
Surrender to Love Rhymeloveme,
A Totum Pole Ode Concretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROW Rhyme royalinspirational,life,
When the Tab Comes Due Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Lighting My Candle From Within Quintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the Sea Coupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The Ward Chokahealth,life,
Nocturnal Poetry Rhymeimagination,life,poetry,
Slumber Epicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLL Coupletinspirational,seasons,
Our Thanksgiving Light Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's Grace Ethereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above Hawaii Rhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our Savior Shapereligion,life,
Monarch of Summer Haibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
Untouched Rhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight Pearls Than-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup Blooms Terza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's Doorway Narrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITH Versefaith,for children,
Beachworld Free verseplaces,sea,sun,
Sleepless Nights Narrativeangst,imagination,mystery
Another Face Rhymelost love,
What Dreams are Made Of - LGT Blank versefear,life,mystery,
Paired Parings Balladchildhood,
AUTUMN'S SPLENDOROUS BEAUTY Quatrainnature,autumn,autumn,
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Epicabuse,analogy,corruption,
Anticipation Free verseautumn,death,life,
friend to friend Haikupeople,philosophy,
Calligraphy Verseon writing and words,
Cyndi Sonnetdedication,
Night Comes Rhymetime,
Without Hope's Gleam Terzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
When Your Dead YOUR Dead Rhymefriendship,love,wife,
after my prayer Haikuinspirational,
Chamber Music Chopped Blank versemusic,
Money-God Free versededication,hope,love,reco
Down Fall Italian Sonnetbeautiful,miracle,nature,
God Forbid Coupletangst,devotion,write,life
To Kashinath and Cyndi Rhymededication,devotion,frien
Edinburgh Free versededication,
CHERISHED Sonnetlove,peace,
Shield Walls Lyricimagination,love,
Live The Cliches Free versedream,hope,love,poetry,
Bliss State Quatrainfaith,
A Reminder: To Be Free versetruth,writing,
She Came In and Changed Everything Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)death,deep,epic,evil,sorr
IN THE MOOD Light Poetryadventure,woman,
Edinburgh Free versededication,hope,life,love
The Byway Rhymecare,
To Love Myself Sonnetlove,new year,self,
Westward Movement Free versedevotion,love,peace,
The Rocking Chair Rhymechild,christmas,sister,
To the Rescue Rhymesnow,
A Perfect Storm Rhyme royallife,
Onward Christian Soldiers Rhyme 
BEYOND TEARS Rhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
Release Free verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
A Girls Night Out Rhymehumorous,
IN STILLNESS Free versechange,life,

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